Severe weather warning in place

MAKE sure anything loose outside is tide down or put away - the winds are a comin'.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for most parts of Tasmania as a complex area of low pressure was expected to pass to the South of the state overnight and today.

Damaging west to southwesterly winds form 50 to 60 km/h with peak gusts of 100 km/h are have put the Furneaux Islands forecast district on high alert, along with parts of the North-West Coast, Western, Central Plateau, East Coast and South East.

A King Island warning has be cancelled.

In the past six hours, significant gusts recorded include: 113 km/h on Hogan Island, 111 km/h at Cape Grim, 83 km/h at Cape Sorell and 80 km/h at Strahan.

The State Emergency Service and Tasmania Police advise that people should:

* Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony.

* Take care when driving on exposed roads, bridges and causeways. Remain indoors as much as possible.

* Keep clear of fallen power lines.

* Take care driving in reduced visibility. Do not drive, ride or walk through water flowing over roads and bridges and obey all road closure signs.

* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.

* Beware of fallen trees or debris on the road.

For emergency help in floods and storms, ring the SES on 132 500.